Oregon Statutes - Chapter 90 - Residential Landlord and Tenant - Section 90.532 - Billing methods for utility or service charges; system maintenance; restriction on charging for water.

(1) Subject to the policies of the utility or service provider, a landlord may provide for utilities or services to tenants by one or more of the following billing methods:

(a) A relationship between the tenant and the utility or service provider in which:

(A) The provider provides the utility or service directly to the tenantís space, including any utility or service line, and bills the tenant directly; and

(B) The landlord does not act as a provider.

(b) A relationship between the landlord, tenant and utility or service provider in which:

(A) The provider provides the utility or service to the landlord;

(B) The landlord provides the utility or service directly to the tenantís space or to a common area available to the tenant as part of the tenancy; and

(C) The landlord includes the cost of the utility or service in the tenantís rent or bills the tenant for a utility or service charge separately from the rent in an amount determined by apportioning the providerís charge to the landlord as measured by a master meter.

(c) A relationship between the landlord, tenant and utility or service provider in which:

(A) The provider provides the utility or service to the landlord;

(B) The landlord provides the utility or service directly to the tenantís space; and

(C) The landlord uses a submeter to measure the utility or service actually provided to the space and bills the tenant for a utility or service charge for the amount provided.

(2) To assess a tenant for a utility or service charge for any billing period, the landlord shall give the tenant a written notice stating the amount of the utility or service charge that the tenant is to pay the landlord and the due date for making the payment. The due date may not be less than 14 days from the date of service of the notice.

(3) A utility or service charge is not rent or a fee. Nonpayment of a utility or service charge is not grounds for termination of a rental agreement for nonpayment of rent under ORS 90.394, but is grounds for termination of a rental agreement for cause under ORS 90.630.

(4) The landlord is responsible for maintaining the utility or service system, including any submeter, consistent with ORS 90.730. After any installation or maintenance of the system on a tenantís space, the landlord shall restore the space to a condition that is the same as or better than the condition of the space before the installation or maintenance.

(5) A landlord may not assess a utility or service charge for water unless the water is provided to the landlord by a:

(a) Public utility as defined in ORS 757.005;

(b) Municipal utility operating under ORS chapter 225;

(c) Peopleís utility district organized under ORS chapter 261;

(d) Cooperative organized under ORS chapter 62;

(e) Domestic water supply district organized under ORS chapter 264; or

(f) Water improvement district organized under ORS chapter 552.

(6) A landlord who provides utilities or services only to tenants of the landlord in compliance with this section and ORS 90.534 and 90.536 is not a public utility for purposes of ORS chapter 757. [2005 c.619 §6; 2007 c.71 §24]

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